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WFP-GIS Officer (Mapping & Analysis)-P3-Johannesburg, South Africa

Johannesburg, South Africa
Position Title: GIS Officer (Mapping and Analysis)
Receiving Agency: WFP
P Level: P3
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa 
Duration: 6 months
Language: Fluency in English required; French or Portuguese desirable. 
Organizational Context
In a world of plenty, where enough food is produced to feed everyone on the planet, hunger should be a thing of the past. However, conflict, climate change, disasters, inequality and – most recently – the COVID-19 pandemic and the Russian invasion of Ukraine mean one in nine people globally is still going to bed hungry and famine looms for millions. Powered by the passion, dedication, and professionalism of our 24,000 staff worldwide, the World Food Programme (WFP) works in over 120 countries and territories to bring life-saving food to people displaced by conflict and made destitute by disasters, and help individuals and communities find life-changing solutions to the multiple challenges they face in building better futures.

We work to enhance nutrition in women and children, support smallholder farmers in improving productivity and reducing losses, help countries and communities prepare for and cope with climate- related shocks, and boost human capital through school feeding programmes. In conflict situations, we bring relief to exhausted populations and use food assistance to build pathways to peace and stability – work for which WFP was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2020.

Southern Africa is a region that is home to more than 50 million food-insecure people. It consists of low-income, lower-middle income and upper-middle income countries with some being endowed with rich natural resources yet limited institutional capacities, and with others that have both strong institutional capabilities and rich natural resources. For WFP to reduce the number of food insecure people in the region, the WFP Regional Bureau for Southern Africa (RBJ) strives to find innovative ways to engage with countries in the region.

The WFP Regional Bureau for Southern Africa supports 12 Country Offices in the region to advance efforts towards Zero Hunger by 2030. A key priority of RBJ is to support governments in the southern African region, in all areas of our work, and particularly in the area of data and information generation for decision making.

As the leading humanitarian agency with a mandate to both save and change lives, WFP is leveraging its expertise and wide reach across the 12 Southern African Countries. As part of this expertise,
WFP's regional office is constantly increasing its portfolio of services and the provision of high-level technical and analytical support to countries in the region. With this aim, since July 2021, the Evidence Generation Block (VAM, Research, Monitoring, and Knowledge Management) has been created, merging different units involved in data and evidence generation with a unified vision and research agenda. The first research agenda of the EGB focuses on food systems, rural
transformation, health-related issues such as food insecurity and nutrition, and innovative geospatial projects and it is expected to produce high-level research, policy documents, and insights for

Over the past decades, GIS analysis and data science has increased in importance and now forms a core part of the capacities of VAM units globally. The use of geospatial technologies is critical to be able to generate data and analysis to identify the risk of exposure and vulnerable areas. These analytics help WFP to make informed decisions on programme planning, intervention, and data- driven policy making.

ORGANIZATIONAL CONTEXT: These roles are found in Headquarters, Regional Bureaux or Country Offices, and report to a more senior VAM staff. Job holders operate independently and are involved in operational activities and related analytical work.

JOB PURPOSE: To contribute to the VAM evidence base that supports food security and nutrition policies and programmes (e.g. needs assessment and situation analyses, programme design, targeting, cost effectiveness, and operational efficiency).

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES (not all-inclusive, within delegated authority):
1.   Lead map production for RBJ VAM, creating both static and interactive GIS products in
ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online;
2.   Support high frequency cyclone monitoring during the Southwest Indian Ocean cyclone season by creating maps and analysis forecasting and describing impact;
3.   Support Preparedness for the upcoming La Na hazard, including supporting a comprehensive flood model for the Southern African Region and assess its potential impact on food and nutrition security in the region;
4.   Manage and maintain the Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) and all derived analytical products;
5.   Lead GIS capacity development of WFP staff in the region through the development of guidance materials and delivery of training sessions;
6.   Lead the promotion of innovation using spatial data within RBJ VAM by identifying opportunities to pilot and scale up the use of advanced digital technologies to support food security data and information generation;
7.   Contribute to technical analyses, analytical briefs, the development of analytical workflows and data management activities as required;
8.   Act in an assigned emergency response capacity as required to meet emergency food assistance needs;
9.   Contribute to the development of VAM projects and activities, plans and processes, ensuring alignment with wider WFP policies and guidance;
10. Other tasks as required.

•   Expert knowledge of GIS software (ArcGIS Pro, Q-GIS) and analytical methodologies. ESRI Technical Certification of ArcGIS Pro at Associate or Professional Level preferred.

CANADEM and its partners have a no-tolerance policy for inaction to prevent, respond to and follow up on alleged cases of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (SEAH). For this reason, we adhere to all policies, procedures and training of the United Nations on The Prevention of Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment (PSEAH). CANADEM mandates all deployees successfully complete the PSEA online course. This e-learning course is composed of a set of lessons designed to raise awareness about SEAH, become familiar with a range of measures to combat SEAH, understand the impact on victims and the consequences for UN Personnel who commit Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment.

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